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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Maria João Rosa

Maria João Rosa
Head of Unit
Phone: 218 443 625

Professional Situation

  • Head of the Urban Water Unit
  • Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory, LNEC EM Testing and Metrology
  • Senior Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 1995 – PhD Chemical Engineering (4 years), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL), Portugal.
  • 1989 – Graduation (Dipl. Ing.) in Chemical Engineering (5 years), IST/UTL, Portugal.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Jan/2015 – … - Head of the Urban Water Unit (NES) – DHA/LNEC
  • Mar/2014 – … - Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory, LNEC EM Testing and Metrology
  • Dec/2006 – … - Senior researcher – LNEC, DHA/NES
  • Jun/2005-Dec/2006 – Associate Professor – University of Algarve
  • Fev/1997-Mai/2005 – Assistant Professor – University of Algarve

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Drinking water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment and water reclamation and reuse
  • Advanced technologies (membrane filtration, adsorption, hybrid processes, flotation, oxidation)
  • Performance indicators and indices for water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs), energy efficiency of WTPs/WWTPs
  • Control of emerging contaminants, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, pharmaceutical compounds, natural organic matter and disinfection by-products
  • Control of contaminants of emerging concern, pharmaceutical compounds, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, natural organic matter and disinfection by-products

Research and Professional Activity

  • Editor of "Águas & Resíduos” journal (2016-…)
  • Portuguese delegate for ISO/TC282 Water Reuse (2014-…), former ISO/PC253 (2010-2013)
  • Member of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2016 - …)
  • Member of IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (2008 - …)
  • Vice-President of APESB, the Portuguese Association for Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (2015-2018; 2007-2011)
  • President of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011-2016)
  • Member of the Management Committee of IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (2008-2017)
Led 32 projects and participated in other 21 projects (national and international), e.g.:
  • 2015- … p2i água e cidade. Transição para as cidades do futuro. Projeto-quadro da atividade do Núcleo de Engenharia Sanitária do LNEC
  • 2017-2019. iEQTA: National Initiative for Energy, Water Quality and Treatment (Coordinator)
  • 2016-2019. LIFE Impetus: Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants (Coordinator) – WEX Global 2019 award for "Innovation in Technology”
  • 2017-2018. LIS-Water – Lisbon International Centre for Water (H2020 Teaming), a centre of excellence on public policies, regulation and management of water services and resources (core team member)
  • 2013-2016. LIFE HyMemb: Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production (Coordinator) – "A Best LIFE ENV project 2016-2017”
  • 2012-2016. LIFE aWARE - Innovative hybrid MBR-(PAC-NF) systems to promote water reuse (Task Leader)
  • 2011-2014. TRUST FP7  WWTP performance assessment (action 43.3) and Pilot demonstration of ceramic microfiltration for water reclamation (action 44.2) (action responsible)

Scientific Orientation

  • Post-Doctoral fellows: 7 (3 ongoing)
  • PhD theses: 7 concluded, 2 ongoing
  • Master Theses and Graduation theses: 55
  • Visiting PhD students: 1
  • Staff Mobility for Training: 1
  • Project research grants: +690 person*month (Dec. 2018)

Relevant Publications

496+ publications (h-index 20).
  • Giacobbo A., Moura Bernardes A., Rosa M.J., Pinho M.N. (2018) Concentration Polarization in Ultrafiltration/Nanofiltration for the Recovery of Polyphenols from Winery Wastewaters. Membranes 8(3) 46, 11 pp. doi.10.3390/membranes8030046
  • Ribeiro R., Silva C., Rosa M.J. (2017) Estratégia para recuperação de fósforo de águas residuais urbanas. Águas & Resíduos IV.2, 38-50. doi.org/10.22181/aer.2017.0204
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Silva C., Rosa M.J. (2017). Technical Guidelines of PAC/MF – Powdered Activated Carbon/Ceramic Microfiltration for Drinking Water Production. ISBN: 978-972-49-2299-7. Lisboa: LNEC, LIFE Hymemb.
  • Silva C., Saldanha Matos J., Rosa M.J. (2016) Performance indicators and indices of sludge management in urban wastewater treatment plants. J. Environmental Management, 184(2) 307-317. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.09.056
  • Silva C., Saldanha Matos J., Rosa M.J. (2016) A comprehensive approach for diagnosing opportunities for improving the performance of a WWTP. Water Sci. & Technol. 74(12) 2935-2945. doi.org/10.2166/wst.2016.432
  • Rodriguez E., Campinas M., Acero J., Rosa M.J. (2016) Investigating PPCP removal from wastewater by powdered activated carbon/ultrafiltration. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution227(6): 1-14 doi: 10.1007/s11270-016-2870-7
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Inocêncio P., Teixeira A.P., Martins J., Rosa M.J. (2015) Water reclamation with hybrid coagulation–ceramic microfiltration: first part of a long-term pilot study in Portugal. J. Water Reuse & Desal., 5(4): 550-556 doi: 10.2166/wrd.2015.122
  • Silva C., Rosa M.J. (2015) Energy performance indicators of wastewater treatment: a field study with 17 Portuguese plants. Water Sci. & Technol 72(4): 510-519 doi: 10.2166/wst.2015.189
  • Silva C., Quadros S., Ramalho Pe., Alegre H., Rosa M.J. (2014) Translating removal efficiencies into operational performance indices of wastewater treatment plants. Water Res. 57: 202-214 doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.025.

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Member of PhD (19) and MSc (10) evaluation panels and 5 PhD advisory boards
  • Referee for 24 ISI journals
  • Session Chairperson and member of the Scientific Board of national (e.g. ENASB) and international congresses (e.g. IWA World Water Congress, IWA REUSE, SILUBESA)
  • Member of FCT evaluation panels for PhD (2011-2013, 2018) and Post-doc Grants’ funding (2011-2013)
  • Member of evaluation panels for international projects’ funding (Norway, France)
  • Member of the Jury of the Portuguese annual awards on service quality of water, wastewater and wastes utilities (2011-2015)
  • Coordination and teaching of short courses (7-21 h) on water quality and treatment held at LNEC, in companies and abroad

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